BRYN MAWR, Pa. – It was a busy day inside the Class of 1958 Gymnasium earlier Saturday, as the Owls volleyball squad hosted a tri-match with Rosemont and Cairn. Bryn Mawr grabbed a big win right out of the gate against the Ravens. Cairn toppled Rosemont as well, setting up an intense third match between the Owls and the Highlanders. In what was a back-and-forth contest most of the way through, Cairn ultimately pulled away to a 3-1 win in the final contest, giving Bryn Mawr a split result in their two matches on the day. Elise Perry once again led Bryn Mawr in kills with 25 between the two matches. Anna Dravk posted 59 assists on the day, while Zoe Boxill had a great all-around day for the Owls with 43 digs and 19 kills.
In the opening contest between Bryn Mawr and Rosemont, the two tides stayed neck-and-neck throughout the first set of action. Neither side gained a lead larger than two points until very late in the frame. Trailing 18-17, Bryn Mawr started a rally thanks to a service error by the Ravens. That sparked a run of seven straight points for the Owls, including a kill from Perry and five errors from Rosemont. The visitors staved off set point once on an error on the next Bryn Mawr serve, but the Owls grabbed one more kill from Perry on a great set by Dravk to take the first set 25-19.
With that close first set out of the way, Bryn Mawr was much more in control in the next two frames. The Owls got in front right out of the gate in the second set, using kills from Boxill and Collins along with three straight aces by Abigail Koppisch to take a 9-4 lead. Later on in the set, back-to-back kills from Sydney Munnerlyn and Boxill made the Owls advantage 16-11. Rosemont was able to claw back as close as 21-19, but several errors by the Ravens and a kill from Munnerlyn gave Bryn Mawr the second set win 25-20. The third set went in a very similar fashion, as the Owls used a kill and an ace from Boxill along with another ace by Koppisch to gain a 13-7 lead midway through the frame. A nice service run from Orli McGuire-Berk helped Bryn Mawr's advantage balloon to 21-8, and the Owls were able to close out the 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-18) win with one final kill from Boxill.
After Cairn came through and thumped Rosemont in the middle game of the day, the stage was set for a donnybrook between the Owls and the Highlanders to cap off the tri-match. Bryn Mawr seemed to be on the verge of striking the first blow in the opening set, as the Owls stormed out to a 13-5 lead thanks to a few errors from the Highlanders, an ace from Perry, a kill from Boxill, and three aces by Anna Dravk. However, Cairn battled through that Bryn Mawr intensity, quickly turning things around with a 13-1 run to take an 18-14 lead. The Owls tried to respond late in the set, winning two points on thundering kills by Perry and adding another thanks to a kill from Boxill. However, Cairn had one last kill in their tank to seal the set and take the opener by a score of 25-22.
Despite giving up that big lead in the first set, Bryn Mawr did not have any issues getting right back into the match in the second. The hosts jumped out to a 9-5 lead, thanks in part to a four-point run on four consecutive kills from Elise Perry and Sydney Collins. After Cain had battled back to tie the set at 10, Bryn Mawr raced off to a lead once again, with Munnerlyn and Boxill posting back-to-back kills ahead of an ace by Collins to spur on the rally. The Owls were able to cap off the set in exciting fashion, as Perry threw down three more unstoppable kills to help Bryn Mawr win the second by a score of 25-20.
The third set started tight early, with an early kill from Collins giving the Owls an 8-7 advantage. However, Cairn ran off five straight points to jump ahead, and the visitors would not look back from there. Bryn Mawr tried to chip away at their deficit with kills by Boxill and Munnerlyn late in the frame, but the Highlanders held off any late charge from the Owls and took a 25-17 win in the third set. The momentum from that win ultimately carried over to the fourth set as well, as the visitors went in from 7-1 early and 14-6 midway through that frame. Bryn Mawr did an amazing job of gutting things out though, battling through weary bodies and tired legs to come all the way back to tie the score up at 18-18. However, Cairn did just enough to escape, winning the final four points of the match to ultimately earn the 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20) win on the afternoon.
With the results, the Owls now move to 3-2 on the season. They are scheduled to be back in action on the road on Wednesday night for a 7:00 PM match at Valley Forge.